Academic Calendar - 2018

Western University Academic Calendar. - 2018

Courses


Course Numbering

0001-0999* Pre-University level introductory courses
1000-1999 Year 1 courses
2000-4999 Senior-level undergraduate courses
5000-5999 Professional Degree courses in Dentistry, Education, Law, Medicine and Theology (MTS, MDiv)
6000-6999 Courses offered by Continuing Studies
9000-9999 Graduate Studies courses

* These courses are equivalent to pre-university introductory courses and may be counted for credit in the student's record, unless these courses were taken in a preliminary year. They may not be counted toward essay or breadth requirements, or used to meet modular admission requirements unless it is explicitly stated in the Senate-approved outline of the module.


Suffixes

no suffix 1.0 course not designated as an essay course
A 0.5 course offered in first term
B 0.5 course offered in second term
A/B 0.5 course offered in first and/or second term
E 1.0 essay course
F 0.5 essay course offered in first term
G 0.5 essay course offered in second term
F/G 0.5 essay course offered in first and/or second term
H 1.0 accelerated course (8 weeks)
J 1.0 accelerated course (6 weeks)
K 0.75 course
L 0.5 graduate course offered in summer term (May - August)
Q/R/S/T 0.25 course offered within a regular session
U 0.25 course offered in other than a regular session
W/X 1.0 accelerated course (full course offered in one term)
Y 0.5 course offered in other than a regular session
Z 0.5 essay course offered in other than a regular session

Glossary


Prerequisite

A course that must be successfully completed prior to registration for credit in the desired course.


Corequisite

A course that must be taken concurrently with (or prior to registration in) the desired course.


Antirequisite

Courses that overlap sufficiently in course content that both cannot be taken for credit.


Essay Courses

Many courses at Western have a significant writing component. To recognize student achievement, a number of such courses have been designated as essay courses and will be identified on the student's record (E essay full course; F/G/Z essay half-course).


Principal Courses

A first year course that is listed by a department offering a module as a requirement for admission to the module. For admission to an Honors Specialization module or Double Major modules in an Honors Bachelor degree, at least 3.0 courses will be considered principal courses.



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Social Work


An introductory course on Canada's social welfare system. Emphasis is on pursuing a critical analysis of Canada's existing social welfare programs and institutions. Attention is given to the history of society's response to meeting human needs, to varying theoretical perspectives and motivations for forming the social welfare system in Canada. Required for admission to the Social Work program.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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An introductory course addressing key concepts and contemporary issues in professional social work practice in Canada. The ethical underpinnings of the profession along with micro, mezzo and macro levels of intervention will be discussed and an emphasis placed on their application to diverse populations of practice in the Canadian setting. Required for admission to the Social Work program.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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A study of the empirical method to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills required to design and implement elementary research projects. Students will also learn how to evaluate research reports to be able to utilize the results in their professional practice. Required for admission to the Social Work program.


Prerequisite(s): Social Work 1021A/B and Social Work 1022A/B, or permission of the School.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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An introduction to common approaches to statistical analysis including descriptive statistics, the normal curve, hypothesis testing, univariate regression and various measures of association. It includes an introduction to the use of SPSS software for data analysis. Required for admission to the Social Work program.

Antirequisite(s): Biology 2244A/B, Economics 2122A/B, Economics 2222A/B, Geography 2210A/B, Health Sciences 3801A/B,MOS 2242A/B, Psychology 2810, Psychology 2820E, Psychology 2830A/B, Psychology 2850A/B, Psychology 2851A/B, Sociology 2205A/B, Statistical Sciences 2035, Statistical Sciences 2141A/B, Statistical Sciences 2143A/B, Statistical Sciences 2244A/B, Statistical Sciences 2858A/B, Statistical Sciences 2037A/B if taken prior to Fall 2010, former Psychology 2885 (Brescia), former Statistical Sciences 2122A/B, former Social Work 2205. Note: Students who complete Statistical Sciences 1024A/B after completion of Social Work 2207A/B, or the former Social Work 2205, will lose their credit for Social Work 2207A/B, or the former Social Work 2205.

Prerequisite(s): Social Work 1021A/B and Social Work 1022A/B, or the former Social Work 1020, or permission of the School. Pre-or Corequisite(s): Social Work 2206A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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A conceptual, theoretical and applied examination of the generalist model of social work practice informed by ethics and framed within an anti-oppressive context. Students will also be introduced to the emotional, intellectual and personal characteristics required to be effective in pursuing a social work career. Required for admission to the Social Work program.

Prerequisite(s): Social Work 1021A/B and Social Work 1022A/B, or permission of the School.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Students are introduced to a number of contemporary theories that underlie the practice of social work. A communications laboratory offers a small group experiential means of learning foundational communication and interviewing skills. Required for admission to the Social Work program.

Prerequisite(s): Social Work 1021A/B and Social Work 1022A/B, or permission of the School. Pre-or Corequisite(s): Social Work 2214A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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This course describes and analyzes multiculturalism as a unique feature of Canadian society. The roots and dynamics of Canada's multiculturalism will be examined as will the issue of racism and the challenges involved in confronting racist attitudes and practices, especially in the human services' sector. Understanding and communication in a culturally diverse context will also be addressed, especially as regards human service workers.

Antirequisite(s): Social Work 4423A/B.

Extra Information: 3 hours.

Course Weight: 1.00
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Social, educational, work-related, and economic trends affecting children and their families. Focus on how these trends have been turned into "issues" and "problems" by various advocacy and service groups, agencies, and government bodies. Resulting advocacy, program and policy interventions will be examined.

Prerequisite(s): Social Work 1021A/B and Social Work 1022A/B; or a first-year Social Science.

Extra Information: 3 hours.

Course Weight: 1.00
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This course will provide the opportunity to develop direct practice skills within a strengths-based and critically reflective framework, building upon foundational interviewing skills developed in pre-program courses and learning and practising the skills of engagement, use of self, goal setting, as well as the production of written assessments and recordings.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in the professional BSW (Honors) program, or permission of the School.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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A critical inquiry lens examines dominant cultural discourse(s) in fields of practice to acquire critical thinking and reflective skills for practice. Institutional discourse delivery systems are investigated from the perspective of the practicing social worker engaged in critical appraisal of practice at intersection of client, social worker and institutional setting.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in the professional BSW (Honors) program, or permission of the School.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Introduces and examines human growth and development within socio/ecological and family contexts. Multiple theoretical frameworks will engage students in assessment of how individuals function during everyday social life within families, communities and cultures. Emphasis placed on the combination of personal and social conditions that enhance or inhibit adaptive developmental functioning.

Antirequisite(s): Social Work 3314A/B.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in the professional BSW (Honors) program, or permission of the School.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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An analysis of major political, social and economic aspects of Canadian society relevant to the development and implementation of social welfare policies and the practice of Social Work. This course will include an emphasis on globalization, the role of the media as an interpreter, and practice elements such as advocacy, coalition building, lobbying, and political involvement.


Extra Information: 3 hours.

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Prerequisite(s): Social Work 1021A/B and Social Work 1022A/B, or the former Social Work 1020, Social Work 2214A/B and Social Work 2215A/B, or the former Social Work 2204, and Social Work 2206A/B and Social Work 2207A/B, or the former Social Work 2205 or equivalent.

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This course explores various practice approaches in working with individuals and families. Assessment and intervention skills, techniques and methods are emphasized within a broader structural, social, economic, and political context.


Extra Information: 3 hours.

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Prereq(s): Social Work 1021A/B and 1022A/B, or frm Social Work 1020, Social Work 2214A/B and 2215A/B, or frm Social Work 2204, and Social Work 2206A/B and 2207A/B, or frm Social Work 2205 or equivalent, Social Work 3311A/B, 3315A/B

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The scope of this course includes values, knowledge and skills related to developmental and change processes at the community level in Canadian society. Students will focus particularly on theory and practice relevant to fostering knowledge about "community" and competency in dealing with issues at the "community" level.


Extra Information: 3 hours.

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This course engages students in a process of ethical reasoning relevant to professional social work practice. Theories of ethical reasoning are explored in day-to-day practice and in confronting controversial social issues affecting vulnerable populations. Legislation, court systems and procedures are examined in the light of their ethical and legal aspects.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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A beginning, structured, practice experience in selected human service agencies which reflects demonstrable competency in professional practice. Bi-weekly seminars focusing on integration of practice issues and theory.

Antirequisite(s): Social Work 3350B. Corequisite(s): Second-term Social Work courses.


Extra Information: 2 hour Integration Seminar every other week all year. Practicum in second term Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday.

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An examination of group structure, process, skills and development as they relate to theory and practice. Emphasis on understanding relationships between structural elements, interactional sequences, group purpose and functions; relationship between group process and group task activities will be examined in depth, including conflict resolution in group settings.

Antirequisite(s): Social Work 3317A/B.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in the professional BSW (Honors) program, or permission of the School.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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This course explores diversity in the context of anti-oppressive practice at micro, mezzo and macro levels. A critical theoretical perspective is used to examine conceptual frameworks related to diversity, such as social inclusion and multiculturalism. Students will learn culturally competent approaches to working with individuals and diverse communities.

Antirequisite(s): Social Work 4421A/B.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in the professional BSW (Honors) program, or permission of the School.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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A beginning, structured, practice experience in selected human service agencies which reflects demonstrable competency in professional practice. The opportunity for integration of practice issues and theory will be incorporated to coordinate with the student's practicum schedule.

Antirequisite(s): Social Work 3320Y.

Prerequisite(s): Social Work 1021A/B and Social Work 1022A/B, Social Work 2214A/B and Social Work 2215A/B, and Social Work 2206A/B and Social Work 2207A/B, and first-term third-year Social Work courses. Pre-or Corequisite(s): Second-term Social Work courses.

Extra Information: Integration Seminars will be scheduled in addition to placement hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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Selected topics of current interest in Social Work. A course description will be available at time of registration.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the School.

Extra Information: 3 hours.

Course Weight: 1.00
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An advanced, structured, practice experience in selected human service agencies which reflects demonstrable competency in professional practice. Bi-weekly seminars focusing on integration of practice issues and theory.


Extra Information: 2 hour Integration Seminar every other week, all year. 3 days per week Practicum.

Course Weight: 1.00
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An introduction to the policy development process at government, agency and individual levels and the manner in which these policies are translated into programs and actions.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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An examination of the agency as the context for professional practice. Provides an overview of various organizational structures and processes, and considers such work-related topics as supervision, personnel policies, employee motivation, performance appraisal, life-long learning, and worker stress and professional burn out.

Prerequisite(s): All third-year Social Work courses. Corequisite(s): Social Work 4400.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Exploration of theoretical frameworks and required competencies to assess, understand and intervene in families where children may be at risk of maltreatment or neglect. Emphasis on knowledge and skills applicable to delivery of child protection services in a multicultural environment.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Explores the complex interplay of multiple forms of oppression, the interlocking nature of oppression and social work practice, and strategies that seek to challenge or interrupt oppression.

Prerequisite(s): All third-year Social Work courses. Corequisite(s): Social Work 4400, Social Work 4414F/G, Social Work 4415F/G.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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With a formal government commitment to Multiculturalism, Canada's institutions and services are being challenged to respond to the reality of the cultural and linguistic diversity of the population. This course explores the roots and characteristics of this cultural diversity, and examines issues and skills relevant to the provision of human services.

Antirequisite(s): Social Work 2280E.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 hours.

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This course provides an overview of current theories and practices within the area of transnational social work. This will involve critically reflecting on the effects of globalization and the corresponding implications for social work at all levels of practice across cultural borders locally and internationally.

Antirequisite(s): Social Work 4423A/B taken in 2014-15 and 2013-14; Social Work 4478B taken in 2012-2013.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 hours.

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Qualitative and quantitative research approaches required to evaluate practice at case and program levels for best practices and competence in conducting practice-based research. Topics include: evidence-based practice and research, models of evaluation, measurement principles and tools, formative and summative evaluation, data collection strategies, analysis of planned change, dissemination of findings.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in the BSW (Honors) program and completion of 3rd year requirements

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours

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An examination of the addiction field with a focus on addiction as oppression. The use, misuse, and abuse of psychoactive substances will be examined from a biopsychosocial perspective. The course will review addiction-specific and general community resources as well as the range of addiction-specific models of intervention and counselling.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Theoretical frameworks and required competencies to assess, understand and intervene in families where children may be at risk of maltreatment or neglect are explored at an advanced level. Knowledge and skills applicable to the delivery of child protection services in a multicultural environment will be emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year Social Work courses and Social Work 4420A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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An exploration of the knowledge, attitudes and skills social workers need to practice effectively in health care settings. A case study approach is used.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Women's issues examined from the perspective of social work practice and social policy.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Practice as it relates to specific populations and issues, such as: involuntary clients, rural populations, culturally diverse populations, native issues, lesbian/gay issues, and so on. Special topics to be selected by the instructor and students.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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An examination of social, physiological, psychological, economic and cultural factors in aging, as required in Social Work practice with the aged. Current policies and services will be critically studied in relation to needs of the aged in our society.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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An analysis of Social Work methodologies related to children and adolescents as vulnerable groups in society. Emphasis is on the use of specialized techniques with traumatized and bereaved children. Concepts of attachment, resilience, adaptation and coping are explored.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Individual and small group tutorials on special topics and approved research projects.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Individual reading at an advanced level under faculty supervision. The student is responsible for arranging independent study credit through the Director of the School.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

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Individual reading at an advanced level under faculty supervision. The student is responsible for arranging independent study credit through the Director of the School.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

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Integration of theory with social work practice in understanding the complexity of family violence as a major social concern. This course examines various forms of violence in families across the lifespan, including child, spousal and elder abuse. Issues related to cultural diversity, marginalization and social work practice are examined.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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Individual and small group tutorials on special topics and approved research projects.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in the BSW (Honors) program and completion of 3rd year requirements, or permission of the School.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours

Course Weight: 0.50
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Individual and small group tutorials on special topics and approved research projects.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in the BSW (Honors) program and completion of 3rd year requirements, or permission of the School.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours

Course Weight: 0.50
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Individual and small group tutorials on special topics and approved research projects.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in the BSW (Honors) program and completion of 3rd year requirements, or permission of the School.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours

Course Weight: 0.50
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Individual and small group tutorials on special topics and approved research projects.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in the BSW (Honors) program and completion of 3rd year requirements, or permission of the School.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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Individual and small group tutorials on special topics and approved research projects.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in the BSW (Honors) program and completion of 3rd year requirements, or permission of the School.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours

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Individual and small group tutorials on special topics and approved research projects.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in the BSW (Honors) program and completion of 3rd year requirements, or permission of the School.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours

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A key social work mandate is to promote and sustain social justice. The focus of this course is the link between Social Work and social transformation considering the profession's role in the formulation and ethical implementation of social action initiatives. The skills of social advocacy are also addressed.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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The primary objective is to assist students to develop a range of conflict resolution strategies and apply them in professional contexts. Through understanding the principles of negotiation, mediation and advocacy, students develop a critical awareness of cooperative approaches to disputes. Issues of diversity and power will be highlighted.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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A sound theoretical perspective of crisis intervention with clients experiencing chronic and acute crisis along with an understanding of practitioner intervention models will provide students with a foundation for crisis treatment that promotes optimal psychosocial client functioning.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Mental illness is prevalent in many fields of professional practice; for example, mental health centers, hospitals, child welfare agencies, correctional facilities, the education system, concurrent programs, geriatrics, developmental disabilities. This course provides students with an understanding of the basic concepts of mental illness to assist in assessment and treatment planning.

Prerequisite(s): Third-year social work courses.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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